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Designed on the Hill | Graffiti on the Hill

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Designed on the Hill is a new series reflecting on good design, as observed by Greg Janky and Treasure Hinds of Anvil Studios, a product design firm based on Capitol Hill.

You might be thinking, “How is graffiti considered design?”

Wikipedia defines design as “the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction.” While graffiti as art is self expression, territorial, and often political, it is also planned, created, and interactive. Someone had the idea, and executed the idea while taking into consideration the elements of design: line, shape, form, space, texture, value, color, and proportions. Many even executed the major principles of design: repetition, variety, rhythm, balance, emphasis, and economy. Continue reading

Designed on the Hill | A well-designed ride on the First Hill Streetcar

Designed on the Hill is a new series reflecting on good design, as observed by Greg Janky and Treasure Hinds of Anvil Studios, a product design firm based on Capitol Hill.

On a recent sunny winter day, we found ourselves with a craving for Mexican food. We decided to make it a destination luncheon and head for Matt Dillon’s Copal in Pioneer Square. Our ulterior motive? Taking a ride on the First Hill Streetcar on the occasion of it’s first anniversary.

We were rewarded with an easy, relaxing experience that also pleased our inner design critics. We found the Streetcar’s implementation follows many basic principles of good design. Continue reading

Designed on the Hill | The ‘purpose and politics’ of Optimism Brewing’s bathrooms

(Image courtesy Optimism Brewing)

(Image courtesy Optimism Brewing)

Designed on the Hill is a new series reflecting on good design, as observed by Greg Janky and Treasure Hinds of Anvil Studios, a product design firm based on Capitol Hill.

Just a few blocks down from our offices is a bold statement of universal design; the spacious, timber-lined hall of Optimism Brewing.

Though the many design subtleties may not be noticed right away, even casual visitors know right away they are interacting with a special space. Optimism Brewing Company made a very conscious choice to create a welcoming and innovative space for everyone by designing a gender neutral bathroom that’s not just a huge leap forward for gender equality, but also a demonstration of beautiful design. Continue reading

Designed on the Hill | Chophouse Row

Designed on the Hill is a new series reflecting on good design, as observed by Greg Janky and Treasure Hinds of Anvil Studios, a product design firm based on Capitol Hill.

Chophouse Row is a great example of inspired architecture designed on the Hill.

The mixed-use office and retail space is an oasis tucked away in the midst of urban commotion. Its modern aesthetic fits naturally on 11th Ave between Pike and Union, yet manages to stands out amongst an eclectic collection of old Seattle brick and new Seattle lofts. Continue reading